Raymond Kobayashi, Jr.
Realtor & General Contractor
For Ray Kobayashi, real estate investment and sales has been a way to extend his building construction skills to allow people to be able to afford their own homes. Most of the sales by the company are for brand new homes that he has designed and built.
Ray was a Realtor before he became a building contractor. His first home was built 38 years ago, an 880 sf package home, which he built for $12,000 and sold a year later for $24,000. With this kind of quick profit, Ray decided that construction was his calling
He so enjoyed the experience of building his own home, that he obtained his contractor's license on December 6, 1974 and established R.K. Builders, Inc, his construction company. R. K. Builders, Inc. has built over 450 residential homes throughout East Hawaii, a 20-unit townhouse (Kawili Regency), an 18,000 sf warehouse in the Shipman Industrial Park, 16,200 sf warehouse in Pahoa and customized several shops at Prince Kuhio Plaza. His masterpiece is Kaiwiki Road, which is a three-story five-bedroom, 4 ½ bath luxury home with custom local woods (koa, eucalyptus, mango, sugi pine and ohia) on walls, ceilings and floors.
Gloria R. Kobayashi has held a real estate license in Hawaii for 38 years and has been a Realtor since 1979. She met her husband, Ray Kobayashi, at a state real estate convention in Honolulu just after getting her license. So, for the Kobayashis, real estate activity was part of their courtship and has continued on as a partnership which now includes their daughter, Mari.
Gloria's greatest satisfaction in real estate sales has been in helping people buy their very first piece of real estate, usually a vacant lot, or their very first home.
Mari Lei Kobayashi
Realtor & Cabinetry
Mari Lei Kobayashi has an agribusiness degree from UH Hilo, but has followed in her father's footsteps by learning to build cabinets and solid surface countertops. She has a great eye to help clients who want to remodel their homes in the most efficient and inexpensive ways. Mari obtained her real estate license in 2000 and finds that her experience in construction makes her a better real estate salesperson. She strives to find the perfect home for her clients.